(1) There is established the office of the Inspector-General of the National Police Service.
(2) The Inspector-General–
(a) is appointed by the President with the approval of Parliament; and
(b) shall exercise independent command over the National Police Service, and perform any other functions prescribed by national legislation.
(3) The Kenya Police Service and the Administration Police Service shall each be headed by a Deputy Inspector-General appointed by the President in accordance with the recommendation of the National Police Service Commission.
(4) The Cabinet secretary responsible for police services may lawfully give a direction to the Inspector-General with respect to any matter of policy for the National Police Service, but no person may give a direction to the Inspector-General with respect to–
(a) the investigation of any particular offence or offences;
(b) the enforcement of the law against any particular person or persons; or
(c) the employment, assignment, promotion, suspension or dismissal of any member of the National Police Service.
(5) Any direction given to the Inspector-General by the Cabinet secretary responsible for police services under clause (4), or any direction given to the Inspector-General by the Director of Public Prosecutions under Article 157(4), shall be in writing.
(6) The Inspector-General shall be appointed for a single four-year term, and is not eligible for re-appointment.
(7) The Inspector-General may be removed from office by the President only on the grounds of —
(a) serious violation of this Constitution or any other law, including a contravention of Chapter Six;
(b) gross misconduct whether in the performance of the office holder’s functions or otherwise;
(c) physical or mental incapacity to perform the functions of office;
(e) bankruptcy; or
(f) any other just cause.
(8) Parliament shall enact legislation to give full effect to this Article.
The Duties and responsibilities of an officer at this level are spelled out in section 23 of the National Police Service Act 2011 and entails:
- being responsible for the effective and efficient day-to-day administration and operations of the Kenya Police Service;
- implementing policies and directions of the service in relation to the Kenya Police Service;
- incharge of preparing the budget, planning and provision of support for the Kenya Police Service;
- establishing and maintaining police stations, outposts, units or unit bases in the counties and determine the boundaries of the police stations, outposts or unit bases and establish a facility in each police station for receiving, recording and reporting of complaints from members of the public;
- managing, monitoring, and evaluating the Kenya Police Service;
- to undertake the supervision of the Kenya Police Service;
- coordinating training in the Kenya Police Service; providing internal oversight of the Kenya Police Service;
- establishing and maintaining a relationship between the Kenya Police Service and the community;
- improving transparency and accountability in the Kenya Police Service;
- co-operating and engaging in joint security operations with Deputy Inspector –General in charge of the Administration Police Service, other government departments or other security organs to ensure the safety and security of the public;
- implementing the decisions of the Inspector-General; and
- performing such other duties as may be assigned the Inspector-General, the Commission, or as may be prescribed by the National Police Service Act or by any other written law.
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